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The pathway to a low carbon energy future

Ambassador Richard Jones, Deputy Chief Executive of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has been in New Zealand as part of the world-wide launch of the IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 publication.

The flagship publication talks about the technologies and behaviours that would be needed to transform the energy system to drastically reduce carbon emissions. The IEA presents a Two Degree Celsius Scenario, and the energy choices that would ensure an 80 percent chance of limiting a long-term global temperature increase to two degrees.

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The IEA is an autonomous agency established in 1974 to promote energy security and to provide authoritative research and analysis to achieve reliable, affordable and clean energy. The IEA has 28 member countries. New Zealand joined the IEA in 1977.